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iPhone XS vs Pixel 2: Camera shootout

Which smartphone camera comes out on top?

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As the iPhone XS starts to roll out to more markets across the globe, we’re doing another camera comparison here at GadgetMatch to see whether Apple’s best offering has what it takes to compete against one of the best smartphone cameras today: Google’s Pixel 2.

This year’s upgrades are merely incremental. But, while reviewing the iPhone XS last week, we noticed how much better it already is compared to its predecessor, the iPhone X. It has a bigger image sensor that should help with low-light performance.

In terms of hardware, the iPhone XS has a slight advantage over the Pixel 2 as it has two main cameras — one wide angle and one telephoto — but in this comparison we only used the main cameras of both phones to level the playing field. The iPhone XS also uses both lenses when taking portraits, while the Pixel 2 uses computational photography, which is possible thanks to the amount of data Google has collected over the years.

This is a blind test so get your pen and paper ready! Do note that all photos were taken on Auto or Portrait mode (when applicable) and have only been resized for faster loading times. They are labeled Photo A and Photo B randomly. Swipe left to see the photos in full and take note of your picks!

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Are you ready to see which phone took your picks? Here’s the answer sheet:

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A: Pixel 2
B: iPhone XS

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A: iPhone XS
B: Pixel 2

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A: iPhone XS
B: Pixel 2

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A: Pixel 2
B: iPhone XS

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A: iPhone XS
B: Pixel 2

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A: iPhone XS
B: Pixel 2

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A: Pixel 2
B: iPhone XS

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A: iPhone XS
B: Pixel 2

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A: iPhone XS
B: Pixel 2

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A: Pixel 2
B: iPhone XS

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A: Pixel 2
B: iPhone XS

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A: iPhone XS
B: Pixel 2

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A: iPhone XS
B: Pixel 2

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A: Pixel 2
B: iPhone XS

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A: Pixel 2
B: iPhone XS

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A: Pixel 2
B: iPhone XS

There’s no denying how close the performance of both smartphones are. Even at almost a year old, the Pixel 2’s photos look just as good compared to those of the new iPhone XS.

One new feature that Apple is not hyping so much, but everyone is raving about, is Smart HDR. In the comparison, we can see this at work in backlit photos featuring our Chief Content Creator Michael Josh, and in low light. Google has a similar technology called HDR+, although the iPhone XS’ Smart HDR works slightly better.

When it comes to the portrait mode, the Pixel 2 does cutouts much cleaner, although in the photo featuring our Her GadgetMatch editor Isa, it thinks that the pillows behind her are part of the subject. The iPhone XS also produced a warmer image here. In the selfie portrait, it’s the Pixel 2 that produced the warmer image, making the blue wall behind me look less blue than in real life.

What do you think of this comparison? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs iPhone 13 Pro Max: Camera Shootout

Do you need the best camera hardware to achieve desirable results?

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Remember when we did an in-depth camera shootout between Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro Max versus its 12 Pro Max counterpart? Well, we’re doing it again!

The new contender? It’s none other than Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra with better camera hardware and software features.

Even though the iPhone 13 Pro Max was released four months earlier, it’s safe to say these two phones can go head-to-head against the odds of most users.

If you’re curious to find out which smartphone is the best for your “phonetography” needs, watch our Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs iPhone 13 Pro Max camera shootout now!

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Huawei P50 Pro: Camera Shootout

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Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Huawei P50 Pro: Camera shootout

Can Huawei’s latest flagship phone keep up with the Samsung’s greatest Galaxy yet?

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The Huawei P50 Pro may not be a direct rival to the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra in terms of camera hardware (that’s more the Galaxy S22+), but this is also a good chance to compare and see if Huawei’s latest flagship can keep up with the biggest brother in the whole Galaxy S22 lineup.

Ultra-Wide

The Galaxy S22 Ultra has a 13MP f/2.2 shooter while the P50 Pro has a 12MP UWA camera of the same aperture — albeit with difference in the overall focal length / angle.

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Wide

There’s a gap between the main cameras The S22 Ultra has a 108MP while the P50 Pro has a tad smaller 50MP camera — but both still having an f/1.8 aperture.

Can the smaller sensor keep up with the bigger one?

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Telephoto Zoom

For a fair and square fight, I only used the first telephoto camera of the Galaxy S22 Ultra versus the Huawei P50 Pro’s sole zoom lens.

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Portrait Mode

When shooting in Portrait Mode, one smartphone uses its 3x Telephoto Zoom lens while the other sticks with its 50MP wide camera. But which is which?

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Low-Light

Once the sunset is out, smartphones tend to change their AI algorithm in making low-light shots brighter but with less noise

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Night Mode

Unlike low-light photos taken using the Auto Mode, Night Mode is more suitable for making night shots pop with the right amount of highlights, shadows, and contrast altogether.

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BONUS: 10x Zoom

The Galaxy S22 Ultra has a dedicated 10x telephoto lens while the P50 Pro only relies on digital zoom and AI when zooming in on 10x.

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Results

Which are your top photo picks? It may already be obvious to some of you at the beginning but here are the results:

Photo A – Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Photo B – Huawei P50 Pro

Conclusion

Despite Huawei not making the P50 Pro+ variant, it’s still safe to say that this camera shootout between the top-tier flagship phones of each brand is still pretty close.

Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra may have the better camera hardware out of the two, but it doesn’t mean that the P50 Pro is a slouch when it comes to camera performance.

As a matter of fact, it was able to keep up from day ’til night. If we’re looking at the specifics, the Galaxy S22 Ultra has a wider main camera whereas the P50 Pro has a wider ultra-wide camera. The difference in optical zoom lenses was also evident.

But in some shooting scenarios, the Galaxy S22 Ultra won especially when it comes to processing HDR (High Dynamic Range), sharpness and details, as well as overall exposure and contrast in most wide and zoomed shots.

And just like in my P50 Pro review, the AWB (Auto White Balance) when using Night Mode (or shooting in low-light for that matter) leans more into the warmer range of the spectrum whereas the Galaxy S22 Ultra is more on the cooler (or maybe neutral) one.

While my P50 Pro vs Galaxy S21 FE camera shootout looks more comprehensive with 60 photo sets, being able to show half in this camera comparison article still proves a point that the Huawei P50 Pro can keep up with Samsung’s latest and greatest smartphone yet.

SEE ALSO: Huawei P50 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: Camera shootout

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Huawei P50 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: Camera shootout

The Korean versus Chinese turmoil reaches our camera shootout section

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2022 already started a bang with new smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE and the Huawei P50 Pro (well, internationally).

While this may not be the fairest camera comparison of them all due to some hardware differences that favor the P50 Pro over the S21 FE, I tried to be objective while still being meticulous when shooting the sample photos below.

Buckle up as I’ve prepared as much as 60 sets (yes, sixty) for you to nitpick. This might also be the longest camera comparison article in this site ever — unless there will be a more comprehensive one sooner 😉

Disclaimer: Just like our previous camera shootouts, photos were collaged, resized, and labeled for faster loading and preview. No other manipulations were applied.

Ultra-wide

On paper, they’re practically the same: P50 Pro is equipped with a 13MP sensor while the Galaxy S21 FE has a 12MP one. Both phones feature a FoV (Field of View) of 123-degree and an f/2.2 aperture. But which one is better at ultra-wide shots?

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Telephoto Zoom

The P50 Pro might be ahead due to its 64MP f/3.5 periscope telescope zoom lens (up to 100x digitally), but for the sake of this comparison, we only used 3.5x zoom that favors both phones since the Galaxy S21 FE’s 8MP f/2.4 telephoto zoom lens starts at 3x optical.

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HDR (High Dynamic Range)

Shooting against the light? Well, newer smartphones, chipsets, camera sensors, and optics should be able to enhance and improve the overall quality of an image unlike how phones try to capture and process it during the past few years. We’ll also see here if P50 Pro’s 50MP f/1.8 main sensor has an edge over the 12MP f/1.8 camera of the Galaxy S21 FE.

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Auto White Balance (AWB)

Admit it or not, most of us prefer warmer photos over the cooler shots to add warmth and drama. But sometimes, the”cooler” ones are what we see in real life.

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Saturation

Do you like ’em too colorful or just bland? Regardless, this gives another hint which phone is actually better that might make (or break) your purchasing decision.

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Food

You were already spoiled by how each phone performs in saturation and AWB (Auto White Balance). Now, let’s apply those algorithms in food shots.

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Portraits & Selfies

While preferential, being able to preserve the right amount of skin color and face details are better. Brighter photos don’t actually mean they’re better (at least IMO). If you’re curious about the specifics, the P50 Pro has a 13MP f/2.4 punch-hole camera while the S21 FE is equipped with a larger 32MP f/2.2 shooter.

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Night Mode

Finally! My favorite part of this shootout. Different phone brands have different night mode processing algorithms. Which phone do you think is better in this category?

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Results

Do you like your picks? Well, here’s the final result for all photos:

Photo A: Huawei P50 Pro

Photo B: Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

Conclusion

Hands down, the cameras of the Huawei P50 Pro performed better in most situations. But considering the Galaxy S21 FE is “underpowered” in terms of camera hardware with lesser number of sensors and megapixel count, I’ll still give props to how it was able to produce photos that can compete (and sometimes beat) the P50 Pro.

That being said, the obvious downside of the rear cameras of the Galaxy S21 FE is none other than its cooler temperature / lesser saturation despite Samsung’s Scene Optimizer being on all of the time. If there’s one thing to consider that’s better is that it has en even wider ultra-wide lens over the P50 Pro.

The P50 Pro doesn’t do much justice in sceneries and pitch black nightscapes (TMI, I didn’t show any comparison of this one because P50 Pro always results to a dark image).

Moreover, the P50 Pro produced more of the accurate shots but sometimes, its AI mode does some over-processing in certain situations such as awkwardly-lit night shots, greenery, and food. This results to warmer, more saturated shots that are not based on reality.

While these problems can be corrected through color-grading software such as Lightroom, VSCO, and Snapseed, most people still post their photos straight out of the gallery.

Night mode shots are also better despite just capturing the photos below 1 second (more like 0.9 seconds). Whereas the Galaxy S21 FE resulted to darker and grainier photos even if it takes around 2~4 seconds to finish a shot minus the time it takes to process the final shot.

We shouldn’t forget that the arrival of the Galaxy S22 series is coming real soon. We may not be able to test a more extensive camera comparison with the recently launched S21 FE, but who knows? There might just be another P50 Pro camera shootout waiting to battle the upcoming Galaxy once we have our hands on it.

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Huawei P50 Pro review: 5 topnotch cameras, 5 drawbacks

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G review: An all around wonder

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